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Sarnia’s longest performing singing group

Musical director Ian Crosbie leads the Bluewater Chordsmen in a rehearsal of Yes Indeed! coming to the Imperial Theatre on April 6.
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When you wear flashy suits and sing in four-part harmony you’d think people would pay more attention. But the Bluewater Chordsmen often fly below the radar in Sarnia’s arts community, despite an illustrious history and high standard of “a cappella” shows sung in barbershop style. “We do, and I don’t really know why,” president Douglas… Read more »

Turning back the hands of thyme

Larry Cornelis checks over the list at the Lambton College greenhouses while volunteers, from left, Gary Canie, Klara Esztegar and Chris Davidson, seed trays with native plants. 
Glenn Ogilvie

In a greenhouse at Lambton College a team of volunteers is planting a giant crop of weeds. Goldenrod, milkweed, thistle – plants that Ontarians have been trying to eradicate for decades are being seeded, watered and nurtured with tender loving care. What’s junk to one person is treasure to another, and to a group of… Read more »

PHOTO SHOW: Sarnia through the looking glass

Christine Roenspiess captured this image of the Wawanosh Wetlands at dawn during a photo shoot with friends last Oct. 10. “We went armed with warm clothes and hot coffee and were rewarded with spectacular sunrise photos,” she says.

One local group is bucking the trend of dwindling interest and volunteer fatigue. The Sarnia Photographic Club is growing at a rate of 10% a year and today has more than 130 active members. “It’s one of the largest (photo) clubs in Ontario,” said vice-president Christine Roenspiess, who credits the rise of digital cameras and… Read more »

Sting draft Jacob Chychrun first overall

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As expected, the Sarnia Sting selected 16-year-old defenseman Jacob Chychrun first overall in the OHL Priority Selection last weekend. The selection was made by Forest’s Tyler McGregor of Team Canada Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team at a news conference at the RBC Centre. “He’s a modern day prototypical defenseman,” said Sting Head Scout Nick Sinclair. “He… Read more »

Man arrested in BB gun shooting

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Sarnia Police arrested a 23-year-old city man Thursday after he allegedly pulled out a BB gun and shot a man who was with his girlfriend and two small children. The incident began about 7 p.m. near Maxwell and Napier streets when the victim saw a man approaching with a scarf covering his face. The attacker… Read more »

How do you spell ‘logophile’?

Haley Mayer, of Lakeroad school, takes a turn at the 2014 Sarnia Spelling Bee, held at the Sarnia Library Auditorium and organized by the Organization for Literacy in Lambton. Behind Haley are Isaiah Williams, from P.E. McGibbon, left, and Joey Goodwin, from Lansdowne.

Frayed nerves and red cheeks took centre stage when some of Sarnia’s brightest logophiles went head-to-head recently. The annual spelling bee hosted by the Organization for Literacy in Lambton and the Sarnia Lakeshore Optimists drew about 30 competitors in Grades 3 to 8. “I wasn’t too nervous because I’ve been practising a lot,” said 10-year-old… Read more »

RAIL on the right track

Mabel Higgins, vice-president of the grassroots Rail Advocacy In Lambton, at Sarnia's train station.

When Ross and Donna Free, both in their 80s, discovered they couldn’t purchase VIA Rail tickets in Sarnia a few days prior to their trip, they drove through a snowstorm to buy them at the London station. The Frees couldn’t find a phone number for the Sarnia station and didn’t have a computer to buy… Read more »

BUSINESS: Realtors open new downtown office

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Three local realtors say their commitment to keeping their staff long-term will create a successful new Century 21 franchise in Sarnia. Cris LaPointe, 36, Sean Ryan, 30, and Jeff McLaughlin, 29, spent the week unpacking chairs and setting up new offices at 201 Front St. North. They are equal partners in Century 21 Bluewater Realty… Read more »

Sarnia team rewarded for its community service

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The coaching staff of the Sarnia Lady Sting Atom “C” Hockey Club wanted its players to understand that playing hockey this season would be much more than just  the on-ice fundamentals of passing, shooting and scoring. “We wanted the girls to know that being part of a team also means giving back to the community,”… Read more »

Police not fooled by man’s cool hiding spot

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A Sarnia man who hid from police in a refrigerator is now chilling out in jail. City police visited a residence in the 200 block of Durand Street Monday and spotted a 20-year-old man outside wanted on six outstanding warrants. The man went inside the building; police followed and after a short search found the… Read more »